Backward march 'symbolises rights'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am

A GROUP of students marched backwards to Mr Tung's office in a move to express their protest against the plan to roll back civil liberties.

About 40 students from the Social Work Department of six universities carried banners and chanted slogans while marching from Chater Garden to the Asia Pacific Finance Tower. They said the consultation paper was aimed at tightening people's civil liberties.

A spokesman said walking backwards symbolised the territory's human rights condition, adding democracy would get worse after July 1.

More than 50 organisations walked to Mr Tung's office, supporting the amendments. More than 300 supporters said amendments to the Societies Ordinance and Public Order Ordinance were necessary to maintain peace and stability.